Posts Tagged ‘cold’

When everything comes to a standstill

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

A winter scene

It’s just over a week now since we had a heavy fall of snow.

The local Council does a good of job keeping the main roads clear with it’s gritting lorries, but I live in a cul-de-sac which ends up like a skating rink with compacted snow on it and not enough traffic to clear it.

My car was hiding under a coat of about six inches of snow, so I’ve stayed in for most of the week. I haven’t needed to go out anyway because most of the things I usually do were cancelled due to the weather.

It’s been quite nice having a break, and the snow makes the countryside look so pretty, but it’s very cold. I think I’ve had enough of it now and will be glad when the snow finally melts and the temperature improves and things get back to normal.

I’m feeling Christmassy

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

This morning I got the bus into my local town. It was very cold, so I was dressed in my long coat, 2 scarves, a furry hat, two pairs of gloves – and my Christmas bauble earrings.

I was meeting a group of people to go Carol singing. I recognised them easily as most of them were wearing Christmas hats or tinsel.

Our first venue was at the Town Hall where a trader’s Christmas market was being held. The organiser had invited us to come along. We went up onto the stage, which seemed very high up, and sang quite a few carols including some special requests. It made me feel very Christmassy.

Then it was out into the cold where we sang in the street. Then on to some old people’s bungalows which was a bit of a walk, but worth it as people came out to listen.

By the time we had finished, my feet were like blocks of ice!

I’d had a quick look round the trader’s Christmas market and had seen some handmade heat packs that you heat in the microwave. These ones were different because they were filled with cherry stones instead of wheat. They can be washed, can be frozen and stay hot longer. I decided that my feet deserved one and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Clear skies

Friday, January 21st, 2011

After a freezing cold snowy icy December, January has been a little bit warmer with a few sunny days that were a bit like Spring! It’s gone back to being cold and icy now though. It’s cold to go out, and sometimes it’s slippery underfoot, but it can look very beautiful when it’s frosty or foggy.

The other advantage to the cold weather is that it often means clear skies, so that I get a chance to take photos of the Moon. I’ve managed to capture it quite a few times this month so far, and it’s only just half way through it’s journey from new Moon through it’s first quarter, full Moon, second quarter and back to new again.

This photo was taken on the evening before the Moon was full.

A nearly full Moon

Looking for the X Factor in the cold

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

With the finals of X Factor on in a few days time, all the finalists were visiting their home towns with their celebrity mentors yesterday.

I’d heard all about local girl Cher Lloyd visiting her primary school and her home on the local radio. I was due to visit my daughter and I wondered if I’d be able to get there as the radio said that the roads were being cordoned off by the police.

But it was ok, the visit to the school must have finished by the time I got there, and I didn’t know where she lives.

After I’d been at my daughter’s for a while, she said shall we walk round the corner and see what’s going on at Cher’s house. I had no idea that it was so close, so we went to see what was happening.

There were several police cars, quite a few policemen, two identical celebrity cars with black windows, a beautiful vintage Bentley, a small crowd of children and local people, and several TV cameras. The children had been on their way home from their school nearby and I think they just happened across it because of the police prescence.

We knew that Cher and her celebrity mentor Cheryl Cole were inside, and when the policeman told us what time they were due to leave to go to Cher’s free concert for the people of Malvern, we decided we might as well wait and see them come out. We were enjoying the party atmosphere and chatting to the policemen and other people we knew, but it was cold.

We got colder and colder and wondered if we could manage to wait. Eventually we had to give up and go back into the warm. We only missed their exit by 15 minutes as we heard the cheers and shouts from around the corner! It would have been interesting to see how Cher and Cheryl managed to get through the crowd to the waiting cars, but warming my ice cold feet had to come first!

It’s cold!

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

It’s been really cold for the past few days. We’ve had ice and frosts and yesterday when I looked out, my world was covered in snow. Most of it had gone by the afternoon when the sun had been shining on it, but more is forecast.

It must be colder than it usually is as I’m having trouble keeping the house warm. I’ve enlisted the help of an extra duvet, a thick jumper and a scarf!

It’s the sort of weather that makes you want a lovely steaming hot casserole, but it’s too cold in the kitchen to prepare it!!

Misty trees and heating

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Trees in the mist

Well I’ve succumbed! I’ve turned the heating on. I was getting cold. I usually wait until October before I turn it on, but it’s been wet and misty for the past couple of days, which will have made it feel colder and damper, so I decided there was no point in waiting. I’ve just put it on low to take the chill off the house.

It was drizzly and misty when I was out this morning and I spotted these two trees. They’re such a lovely shape and I love the way they seem to mingle together. I regularly drive past them, but I don’t always notice them because they usually have the green of fields and hills behind them so they don’t show up very well.

But in the mist they stood out, etched against the background. I just had to stop and take a photo of them.

Autumn mists

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Beach huts at Ferring

Well, September is nearly at an end, and October is rushing towards us. I don’t like this time of year. It’s cold and dull, and I’m wondering whether to put the heating on or shall I wait a few more days. I miss the sun and the brightness, and the lovely colours of flowers.

Yes, autumn leaves are beautiful, but to take good photos of them you need to catch them when the sun is shining, which can be rare, and you need to go out into the cold and damp and mistiness!

So I’m really glad that I’ve got a collection of photos that I took in the summer to remind me of better, warmer weather and lovely places. I love the seaside and especially beach huts, so here’s a photo to bring back memories of walking on a summer beach.

Stone cold face

Friday, January 29th, 2010

The other day, I went out for a walk to look for some photos to take. I wanted to see if I could find some snowdrops. I love snowdrops, not just because they’re so beautiful, but because they’re a sign that winter will soon be over and Spring is on it’s way!

When it was very snowy I had wandered into the local churchyard because I could see a stone angel that I wanted to photograph. She was nice, but not brilliant because close up there wasn’t much detail or definition in her face. So I had wandered further into the churchyard, which I’d never done before, and I found a beautiful full length statue of a lady leaning against a cross. I took lots of photos of her face until my fingers got so cold I couldn’t take any more.

I wanted to go back again on my walk and take some more shots of her, but would you believe it, after a twenty minute walk, just as I got there, it started raining! So it was camera back in the bag and no photos!

Here’s one of the shots I’d taken previously. I think she’s beautiful. I want to go back and see what her age is, as the base was covered in snow when I first found her. As well as the beauty of her carved face, I love the way that weathering has gently coloured her and given her a bloom to her cheek.

Stone cold

More snow

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The snow had just started to think about melting yesterday. It was falling off the trees, and the roads were clearer, but there was still lots of snow on the pavements.

But now it’s back! It started snowing yesterday evening. It was very fine, not great big fluffy flakes like last time, so I didn’t think it would do much, but it did. This morning there was another 5 or 6 inches of snow on my car, and lots at the side of the road. My road has been reduced to one lane where there’s deep snow at the sides and tyre tracks have been imprinted into the middle of the road. I don’t know what happens if a car meets one coming the other way!

I went out to take some more photos as the snow would be looking nice and new and white. I wear my wellies as the snow is too deep for my walking boots, and I put them on the heater for 5 minutes. When I put them on, they’re lovely and warm! There was no nice blue sky today, no sun and it was very cold. I wanted to walk further than I had done last time to get some different views, but I changed my mind as my fingers soon became so cold that they were hurting and didn’t work properly.

So I turned back home to the warm and put a chicken casserole and baked potato in the oven. Nice warming comforting food, just right for this sort of weather!

This photo was taken of the last fall of snow in the village where I live when the sky was blue.

Footsteps in the snow

My feet are lovely and warm

Friday, November 13th, 2009

We’ve had such an amazing October this year, that I was wearing summer clothes all through October and into November. In the last week or so though, the weather has changed and become much more the usual expected cold, wet November weather. My feet have been really cold. I just couldn’t get them warm.

I needed to swap my shoes for some boots, but the ones that I wore last winter are quite a few years old now and are quite scruffy. I did glance at the window of the shoe shop next to where I work, but I didn’t go in. Even though there were some lovely boots there, I couldn’t justify buying a new pair on my now very part time salary after my hours have been cut.

The other day, I popped into a charity shop. I work on a very hilly road, so I tend to call in to this charity shop half way up the hill to get my breath back! As soon as I walked in, I saw a pair of expensive looking brown boots! They looked as though they were my size! I couldn’t believe it! I picked them up, and yes they were my size, they were real leather and they were brand new – they’d never been worn! (I wouldn’t have looked at them if they’d been used)

I wanted brown ones rather than black like my old ones so that they would go with my new brown coat. I looked at the price, and it said £10! They would have cost at least £50 and probably a lot more than that when they were originally bought. I wonder why someone gave them away having never worn them? I’ll never know, but now they’re mine. They’re warm and comfortable and they feel lovely! I’m really enjoying wearing them, and I don’t have to feel guilty about spending a lot of money on them. That makes them even nicer to wear!!